When I say little, I mean LITTLE! These are some more of Lori Smith's little applique blocks from her pattern, "Miss Emilie's Garden." The whole quilt only measures 42" x 42."
I just love her applique projects...whether the block size is 6 inches or 12 inches, her shapes are very forgiving and easy to applique no matter what method you choose to use.
I already had these little blocks glue prepped and tucked away for a time when I needed something to grab and go...or a time when I wanted busy hands without having to put a lot of thought into it. Yep, that's where I am (emotionally) in a nut shell.
My daughter finally finished with school/finals on June 18...she is officially a high school senior now...YIKES!. Then, she and Steve have birthdays in the same week, and we are getting her ready to go to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp early tomorrow morning.
Cripes, it has been a busy two weeks! I also made a trip to Shipshewana, IN to drop off my "Baltimore Rhapsody - Symphony" quilt for the big quilt show that opens tomorrow (Wednesday) and runs through Saturday. I am getting an appraisal done at the show and was a little nervous about shipping the quilt before having THAT done.
I will drop Riley at camp north of Muskegon then drive south to Shipshewana to take in the quilt show (doors open Wednesday at noon).
Once I drown myself in wonderful quilts, quilters, fabric, lots of photography, and a good Amish chicken dinner, I will head the car south for a week at my parents' house. There are things to do and my siblings and I have another family meeting. It's still hard to imagine my parents not being there to greet me, wanting to hear all about the show, and how my music quilt did.
Then I will drive home to Michigan, pick up Steve and head to Blue Lake for Riley's final concerts in the beautiful, great outdoors of west Michigan. Here is the orchestral concert shell during the orchestra warm up last year...it is difficult and disruptive to get up and take pictures once the audience is seated and they are playing...
The French horns are in the middle in the back, which is bad for Mom finding her in the photo, but good for the sound of the horns to be bounced off the back wall and be heard by the audience (she's in the middle, in the back, hiding behind the bassoons, smiling at her Mama...).
Blue Lake is such a great fine arts camp...this is Riley's 5th or 6th summer of going. I'm sure we will all be tearing up as we listen to the beautiful music and soak in all the surroundings. In addition to playing French horn in both orchestras last year, Riley played with the brass ensemble and had a separate little performance of that music (she's the 3rd from the left on the front row...).
My parents drove up from Alabama in their little RV for her final concerts last year and then we spent the rest of the week seeing the sites on the west coast of Michigan...priceless memories...it sure meant a lot to Riley to have her Grandparents there to experience the camp and enjoy the concerts.
It meant a lot to me, too. They will be there with us in spirit this year...